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Turkey:The Lycian Way,“A Sunday Times Top 10 Worlds Most Beautiful Walk”

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  • This trip takes us to one of the Sunday Times best 10 walks in the whole world– the Lycian Way in Turkey. Know as the Turquoise Coast this long distance path winds it's way along stunning coastline, through ancient ruins, and amazing landscapes. The sun drenched coastline features pristine beaches, and untouched countryside along a path that originating from a network of sheppard tracks. This trail stretches along 509 km way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya, an area know as “Heaven on Earth”. Where blues, turquoise and greens in the sea, blend with a beautiful blue sky and year round golden sunshine.

    With a professional guide and driver, and baggage transfers between walking points you need only carry your day pack with you on route. We will be heading out in early September and this is absolute perfect hiking season. The climate in Southern Turkey guarantees us glorious sunshine and beautiful azure blue skies. We'll be walking the coastal path and so can take full advantage of the beaches along the way. 

    With the visit to Kas, one of the larger villages in the area now extended to two days, this trip really does have it all. Included in the route are visits to the archaeological heritage sites which dot the area, we will visit ancient ruins, Roman aqueducts, ancient theatres, and an acropolis. We we will also take a boat cruise over the sunken city in the lagoon of Kekova, and boat trip another from Kas to a bay frequented by many turtles. We will do all of this bathed in golden Mediterranean sun, followed by balmy evenings with great company.


    Gorgeous weather, and a stunning natural environment, is complimented by sumptuous home cooked food in our pensions,and evenings of good food and good friends, on a route voted as one of the worlds top 10 long distance paths.  RSVP now!

    The full itinerary is here: https://www.facebook.com/London-Hiking-229304357119621/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1234305149952865

    For more on the Lycian way click through here to see this great article in PDF(click).


    There is a facebook page for the Lycian Way here:(click)

    and there are a lot of pics on Flickr, here: https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=lycian%20way

    All the days hiking is optional, if you choose you can simply take a day exploring the local beaches and surroundings and meet us back for dinner, our friendly minibus driver will drop you down and pick you up. If we are transferring to accommodation further down the route you can travel in the minibus with the baggage transfer. 

    Cost:

    £485.00 GBP

    Included all breakfasts, picnic lunch and one restaurant lunch on the hiking section, all dinners except days 5 and 6, airport transfers, baggage transfers from point to point on route, and boat trip on Day 5.

    Not Included: 

    Drinks, flights, boat trip on day 7, lunches after the hiking section and dinners on days 5 and 6. 

    N.B the airport transfer is only available if you get the recommended flight or an earlier flight (there is only one bus!)


    Bank details to pay:

    NatWest Bank

    C Baker

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    Please ensure you use the reference; "Lycian" followed by your M.U user name e.g LycianCatherine. E mail Catherine once payment is made to confirm you have made payment. If you do not do this we may double book your place. Please include:


    Your e mail address (doesn't show through meetup)

    Mobile number

    Dietary Requirements

    Single Supplement:

    Just £34.00 per person (number of single rooms is limited and will be allocated to the first to pay.)

    If you wish to pay by pay pal you will need to pay the transaction fee of (3.4% + £0.20)


    Thus Payments:

    BACS: £100.00 dep + £385.00 = £485.00

    BACS with Single Supp: £100.00 dep + £419.00 = £519.00

    by Paypal: £100.00 + £402.28 =£502.28

    by Paypal with Single Supp: £100.00 + £437.48 = £537.48

    To pay by pay pal click here: paypal.me/LondonHikingCB


    In the second screen add a note and use the ref “Lycian” and your user name eg “LycianCatherine”

    Accommodation:

    Rooms are in high standard Pansions along the route. 

    Please note there are currently limited to 20 places on this trip. If however it fills and you want to come do put yourself on the waiting list as we may be able to book a small amount of additional accommodation.


    Only payment guarantees your place on this trip

    Flight to get:

    Recommended flights will be confirmed end August 2016. You are advised not to purchase your flight until the recommended flights are published.

    VISA


    Do not forget to get your Visa! do this through the e Visa system here: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/apply/ they normally come through considerably quicker than the advertised time (sometimes one day) but do not test the system unless you have to. Also ensure you have the required post entry time left valid on your passport.


    Travel Insurance

    Travel Insurance is not included in this trip and you should buy suitable travel insurance for hiking/walking activities. You can not come on this trip unless you provide details of valid travel insurance.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: ARRIVAL DAY 

    Fly to Dalaman airport where we meet with our tour guide and driver. Transfer to Pattara (2.5 hrs). Check into the accommodation in Pattera. Welcome drink briefing and overnight stay in a beautiful local Pansion, we'll have a wonderful dinner served in the lovely open air restaurant grounds.

    Day 2: VISIT Ancient Theatre and Ruins and HIKE (14km, 4.5hrs; +350m/-250m)

    After a 20 min transfer we will explore the first of a series of fascinating Lycian sites. This ancient city, founded on a river has breathtaking views and the ancient remains of a theatre, houses and tombs. We'll hear some great heroic stories from antiquity brought to life by our amazingly knowledgable and energetic guide and then drive on to our jumping off point just east of these ruins to start our days hiking on the awe inspiring Lycian Way. We follow time worn paths along forested hills and past gardens full of olives and grapes for 14km to our finish point for the day. From there it is a short transfer to our accommodation.

    Day 3: HIKE from main road – to accommodation via ancient Aqueduct – (12km, 4hrs; +200m/-350m)

    On day three we drive to the main road to again pick up the Lycian Way hiking trail. The path in follows an amazing section of a large and well preserved roman aqueduct! The ancient waterpipes supplied water from high up in the mountains to the ancient town which pre dated the local central settlement on the coast. We continue on to visit the site where the aqueduct spans a huge ravine, and then we walk to the site of the ancient settlement, again following parts of the course of the ancient waterpipes.

    Later that day we explore the ancient central town of the region, now a large registered archealogical site we will explore the ruins of the ancient city that was the seat of the Lycian Federation and an important harbour city. You can see the birthplace of Father Christmas (yes St. Nicholas was Turkish!) this site was also visited by St Paul, there is a stunning white sand beach which we will have time to enjoy and take a swim, then on for an evenings dinner, socialising and overnight at the our beautiful Pansion, again with a lovely garden and outside restaurant.

    Day 4: HIKE (16km, 6hrs; +600m/-400m)


    We drive (45 mins) up in the mountains to start our hiking once more on the the Lycian Way path. We follow old trails along forested slopes for an hours steady climb to an ancient acropolis. After exploring the ruins we descend through the amazing landscape along an old path and dirt road to the forestry station where our transfer vehicle picks us up for the transfer down to the scenic town of Kaş, where we have dinner at our hotel.  

    Day 5: HIKE (10km, 4hrs; +150m/-500m)


    On day 5 we travel to the beautiful village of Kiliçli (35 mins.) Here we ascend to another ancient acropolis to explore the ruins amongst this amazing natural landscape. Afterwards we descend over mule paths to a seaside hamlet. After a swimming break and a short coastal walk we will be collected by boat! We will then take an amazing cruise over the sunken city submerged in the blue lagoon of Kekova. 

    We'll take anchor at the coastal village of Üçağız where we meet our transfer vehicle for the drive back to Kaş. Here we have an evening dinner in local restaurant in town. Overnight in our hotel in Kas. 

    Day 6:

    Day 6 will be a free day for to choose and arrange your own activity (our local contacts can set us up, or we can book at the hotel), we can chill in the lovely central plaza opposite the harbour, spend a day sunning ourselves and swimming from the rocks, pop over to Mais, the most northern Greek Island a short hop from Kas, or if you're feeling adventurous, go paragliding!!! We can take dinner in any of the many local restaurants in town. Overnight in our hotel in Kas.

    Day 7

    On day seven we'll take our final boat trip of the week, our captain knows the very best spot, a beautiful sandy bay full of loggerhead turtles, it is an absolute jewel and the perfect finish to the trip. You can snorkel or if you are qualified scuba dive. Then it'll be time for one last great dinner at our hotel and last night drinks. Overnight in our hotel in Kas. 

    Day 8: DEPARTURE we will have free time to explore anything we've missed in the beautiful village of Kaş before our transfer leaves for the airport at 15.00. 

    Transfer from Kaş to Dalaman (2.5 hrs).

    Things to bring:


    I strongly recommend you buy a 2 litre hydration reservoir (brand name camel back) for this trip. Otherwise water bottles with at least 2 litre capacity. These are available cheap on e bay and amazon.

    Sunscreen

    HAT!

    Suitable light layers, with lightweight rainproof jacket (although you almost certainly won't wear it) + warmer layer for night time, the day time temperature is likely to be around 26-28 degrees but can be cooler at night.

    A very light weight long sleeve top, and lightweight full length trousers in case you get sun burn

    You MUST wear proper walking shoes/boots/sandals for this trip and make very sure that they are already worn in! otherwise you could get painful blisters. This is really important, even old walking boots can give you blisters.

    We recommend you have worn whatever you plan to wear on the trip for at least 7 days in the six weeks prior to the trip, and get as many miles in as possible in them. You night look funny walking round the office in hiking boots but it will be worth it!

    Turkey for Women:
    Widely regarded as have the most beautiful coast on the Mediterranean Turkey is a democratically elected country. Turks drink if they want, smoke if they want to, wear a headscarf if they want to, and don't if they don't want too. You can feel perfectly safe as a woman here and can feel completely comfortable in the same summer clothes you would wear in the UK.

    Turkey and Middle East Troubles

    Like London there have been some middle east related troubles in Turkey. These are mainly around the eastern border and are approximately the same distance away from Kas as Berlin is from London.

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    How to get off the waiting list?! A popular question... If you are on the waiting list and a place becomes available, remove your RSVP from the waiting list completely, then remark your RSVP as yes, if payment is required and you wish to pay by bank transfer, pay, then e mail the event organiser who will add you to the yes RSVP's.

    Worried about coming on your own? More on walking pace, and questions about distance, footwear, weather, return train times or safety? Refer to our frequently asked questions here:

    http://www.meetup.com/RuggedTracks/messages/boards/

    If I can do anything to make this walk more accessible please get in touch by sending me a text message or voicemail.

    There are tube closures in London every weekend. Plan your journey to the airport here:

    http://www.meetup.com/RuggedTracks/messages/boards/thread/11007891

    After I you pay I will e mail you a set of questions which the Turkish guides are required to collect for your safety, next of kin and some other details.  

    Important:

    - You must be able to at least run 100 meters for a bus to join any of our hikes, especially long distance trips.

    - Always check the group website for live updates to meeting point and directions before leaving for an event!

    - As the majority of our members come by themselves you can only bring a maximum of two guests to our events

    - Deposits and payments will be passed to a third party and are non refundable

    - You can not resell a place if only deposit is made

    - If full payment has been made and you are unable to attend you can however offer your place for sale to a group member of the same sex

    - In the unlikely event that the trip is cancelled you will be refunded in full

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